Tracing Autonomy

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Event details

Event date: 
13 June 2017
Option 1: 10.30 – 12.30 or Option 2: 14.00 – 16.00 - Please book one option only.
Event duration: 
2hr workshop
Type of event: 
Workshop / participation
Target audience and any restrictions: 
Arts in health and medical professionals with an interest in palliative care and the link between creativity and autonomy. Due to limited spaces, please submit 150 words outlining your interest in this event.
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
71 Carlton Place, Glasgow
G5 9TD


Ticket availability: 
Limited places
Email address to reserve a place:
Telephone number to reserve a place: 
0141 429 5599

About the event

‘Tracing Autonomy’ is a workshop and discussion exploring creativity and autonomy in end of life care. This is hosted by The Art Room, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and Dr Ben Coleman, Senior Lecturer (Philosophy) and member of the End of Life Research Studies Group, University of Glasgow.

Participatory Workshop Exploring Creativity and Autonomy in End of Life Care
“In the face of severe adversity, the art room is a small but significant space for restoring reciprocity. It gives patients back the right to make a contribution. It helps sustain the network of sharing relationships that underpin the autonomous life.” Dr Ben Colburn
The Art Room at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice warmly invites you to a workshop entitled “Tracing Autonomy” exploring creativity and autonomy in end of life care.
It will be facilitated by the hospice’s resident artists experienced in the positive impact of art making on individuals living with life-limiting illnesses, and Dr Ben Colburn, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and member of the End of Life Research Studies Group, University of Glasgow. Ben’s specialism is moral and political philosophy with a particular interest in the nature and value of autonomy at the end of life.
The format and focus of this workshop has grown out of a series of discussions around the idea of autonomy and the creative ethos and methods employed within The Art Room. Ben’s very practical approach to philosophical questions surrounding what enables someone to achieve a sense of autonomy in life has given The Art Room insight into their practice with patients. We think these subjects will be of interest to others working in arts and health and other professionals working with issues surrounding mortality and palliative care.
For “Tracing Autonomy” participants will be invited to make a mark. This could literally be a mark on a piece of paper, it could be a gesture in space, the placement of an object, or it could be a vocal statement or sound. This simple invitation will open up the subject of autonomy for a facilitated discussion. Each individual’s mark and approach to making their mark will be unique. How does the manner of that invitation effect what is created? What are the opportunities and threats to their autonomy in making that mark, both internally and externally? And what values do individuals attribute to the autonomy of making a mark?
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more information. Contact Kirsty, Jeni or Sharon - tel: 0141 429 5599 or email:
These sessions are being held to celebrate creativity and wellbeing practices across the UK as Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2017.
Places are limited so please RSVP by Monday 23rd May 2017.


The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Kirsty, Jeni or Sharon
0141 429 5599


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